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Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 8:00am

Woman, Son Charged In Prison Contraband Scheme

Authorities say charges have been filed against a north Georgia woman and her teenage son who are accused of trying to provide prison inmates with cellphones.

Alicia Michelle Price, 39, of Dallas, was booked into the Richmond County jail Monday and is charged with five counts of going inside a guard line with contraband.

Richmond County sheriff's officials say Price drove her 16-year-old son to the Augusta State Medical Prison in mid-May and employees saw the teen throw a bag of cell phones and chargers over a fence.

Officials have blamed prison violence on smuggled cell phones that allow gangs to communicate and plan attacks.

Officials say the unidentified teenager has also been charged. It's unclear if Price has an attorney.